Get that look: Doctor smooths wrinkles, melts fat without surgery

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Dr. Omar Ibrahimi, a Darien resident, offers non-surgical treatments for wrinkles and excess fat at the Connecticut Skin Institute in Stamford.

Dr. Omar Ibrahimi, a Darien resident, offers non-surgical treatments for wrinkles and excess fat at the Connecticut Skin Institute in Stamford.

It used to be that when face creams and dieting no longer sufficed, dermatology patients who wanted to lift, tighten and tone would undergo a surgical procedure, one that involved anesthesia and considerable recovery time.

Those days are no more. While facelifts and liposuction often provide the most dramatic results, experts say that patients who want to look rejuvenated for a wedding, reunion or change in season have options for smoothing wrinkles and melting fat — no surgery required.

The Connecticut Skin Institute will host an information session on treating cellulite Thursday, Feb. 25. For more information or to RSVP, email [email protected] or call 203-428-4440.

Kybella is an injection that reduces fat below the chin, as seen in these before, above, and after photos. The patient was also treated with Ultherapy to tighten skin.

Kybella is an injection that reduces fat below the chin, as seen in these before, above, and after photos. The patient was also treated with Ultherapy to tighten skin.

Dr. Omar Ibrahimi, a dermatologist serving Fairfield County and beyond, specializes in these procedures. He is the medical director of the Connecticut Skin Institute, a private medical office that occupies 3,600 square feet in Stamford. In addition to laser and cosmetic procedures, Dr. Ibrahimi, a board certified dermatologist trained at Harvard and New York universities, specializes in skin cancer diagnosis and treatment. He also served as faculty at Harvard’s Wellman Center for Photomedicine, where a majority of today’s lasers were invented.

SC-skin-after-At the Connecticut Skin Institute, Dr. Ibrahimi offers noninvasive treatments for the most vexing signs of aging — wrinkles, loose neck skin, dark spots, cellulite and excess fat. And with technological advances, procedures targeting these issues have become more effective, while requiring only a fraction of the downtime that comes with surgery.

Fraxel

The Fraxel laser is used to treat wrinkles, age spots and acne scars, and to improve overall skin tone.

“The sun wreaks havoc on fair skin over the years,” Dr. Ibrahimi said. “My favorite go-to laser to correct this is Fraxel, which erases brown blemishes on the skin with minimal downtime.”

Laser treatment — administered at different strengths, depending on the desired results — causes layers of skin to shed, revealing fresh, healthy skin underneath. Several sessions are usually required.

Be warned: Laser treatment can feel like hot pricks on the skin. To ease discomfort, Dr. Ibrahimi applies numbing cream beforehand. Most people find the procedure to be tolerable.

Ultherapy

Ultherapy is billed as a “non-surgical facelift” — a procedure that mimics the lifting and tightening results of going under the knife. “A number of Hollywood stars are doing Ultherapy twice a year to defy aging with minimal downtime,” Dr. Ibrahimi said.

Using Ultrasound technology, Ultherapy can lift skin on the neck, brow and below the chin, and also diminish lines and wrinkles on the décolletage. It works by stimulating the production of collagen, a protein that is lost with aging that helps skin stay firm.

Ultherapy is administered through a branded device with a wand — similar to the way traditional ultrasounds are given. After one session, patients can expect results in several months.

Kybella

“Many people are bothered by their double chin,” Dr. Ibrahimi said, “particularly those who love taking selfies.”

An injection that reduces the pocket of fat below the chin — an annoyance that anyone with a face is familiar with — Kybella uses a naturally occurring compound to dissolve fat (it is only FDA-approved for use below the chin).

Dr. Ibrahimi was one was one of the first doctors in the country and the first in Connecticut to administer Kybella. He is also a physician trainer for the drug. Patients can expect results with one 15-minute session.

Cellfina

In some cases, regardless of diet or exercise, cellulite, the stubborn dimpling of the thighs and butt, just won’t go away. “It’s something that bothers even the most healthy and in-shape women,” Dr. Ibrahimi said.

Cellfina works by destroying the connective fibers that causes fat to dimple. The procedure is minimally-invasive — it does involve small incisions that will cause bruising and discomfort — but most patients will be able to resume normal activities within a day, according to Dr. Ibrahimi. Patients can expect results to last for years.

Dr. Ibrahimi is among the first in the world to offer this treatment, according to his office.

CoolSculpting

While it’s not designed for massive weight loss, CoolSculpting targets love handles, stomach rolls and arm fat — areas that can be hard to tone even with proper diet and exercise.

CoolSculpting is designed to do exactly what its name suggests. It sculpts areas of the body using a device that pinches fat and cools it to a temperature that causes cells to crystallize and die. “Developed at Massachusetts General Hospital, Coolsculpting takes advantage of the ability of fat cells to be killed by freezing without harming the other parts of our skin,” said Dr. Ibrahimi, who trained at the birthplace of CoolScultping, Fraxel and Ultherapy.

Unlike liposuction or a tummy tuck, CoolSculpting is non-invasive, but patients may find it uncomfortable. Results take a few months.

Contact the Connecticut Skin Institute in Stamford — 999 Summer St., #305 — for more details, at 203-428-4440 or [email protected]

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